On April 19, 1957, God blessed us with an amazing gift of a happy, giving and loving man, Stavros “Steve” Katsetos. At the age of 64, on October 21, 2021,the Lord received his gift back in heaven. Steve Katsetos passed away peacefully in Patra, Greece. He was actually born on the same peninsula three hours away in the small village of Tarapsa, in Lakonias Greece to the late Panagiotis and Stavroula Katsetos.
At the age of 12, Steve moved from Greece to America and resided in Stamford, Connecticut. He always had a drive and a passion to create a better life for himself and his family, but he also found time to enjoy playing soccer, going on boat rides, and spending time with his friends and loved ones. Steve’s earliest big success was at Atlantic Pizza in Stamford, which provided the groundwork for the hardworking and memorable man he became. Always taking care of people with a bright smile on his face was very important to him, and it is truly how everyone remembers him.
In the early 1980’s, Steve loved his Corvettes, but more importantly he met the love of his life Antonia. He married Antonia on February 28th, 1982 and it was a wedding that is still remembered as having the most Greeks in one hall of all time. Shortly after, they moved to Chincoteague, Virginia and started the next chapter of their lives.
In Chincoteague, Steve became Mr. Steve. Manners were big down south and boy did Steve fit in. These were Steve’s best years, where he opened up several businesses and loved helping and socializing with his new community. In time the town of Chincoteague became his second family. As a local has said recently, “to know Mr. Steve is to love Mr. Steve.” Mr. Steve simply loved to help those in need or those who just needed a smile. He accomplished this by giving whatever he could give that day: whether it was a candy bar for a kid, money for someone in need, or a fresh baked loaf of bread… just because.
Steve’s most prized possession were his three children, which he adored and loved with all of his heart. He raised them teaching them his core values in work ethic, love, and respect. His favorite memories with his family were trips to Greece for the summer, cruising Chincoteague Island on our boat, going to JETS games, and enjoying seafood feasts together. Steve’s love for his children was so immense, that his last words to his doctor was to make sure to let his kids know that he loves them so much.
Steve will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him dearly. His presence will never be forgotten, as he was like the sun, and would light up any room he walked into.
Steve is survived by his beloved wife Antonia and by his three children Panagiotis (wife Katy), Pavlos (wife Maria), and Irene. He also leaves behind his three grandchildren, who gave him so much joy these past four years: Antonia, Katherine, and Effiemia.
Steve is also survived by his dear siblings Pauline (husband George), George (wife Maria), and Theodora (husband Anastasios), by his beloved sister-in-law Maria, beloved mother-in-law Magdalini, beloved brother-in-laws Dimitrios (wife Maria), and Andy (wife Kelly), along with several beloved nieces, nephews and extended family.
Besides his parents, Steve was predeceased by his dear brother Harry.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, November 8th at 11:00 am at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Stamford.
Internment will immediately follow at Woodland Cemetery, Woodland Place, Stamford.
For the safety of all those attending his funeral services, please wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, The Katsetos Family is requesting donations be made in Steve’s memory to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1230 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT 06905.